First negotiation round, 8 to 12 July 2013 in Washington DC

What was under negotiation?

The focus of the talks was on the negotiation process as well as deciding on the chapters and the architecture of an agreement. In addition, the soundings were taken on the priorities of the various negotiating themes.

What was the outcome?

  • A total of 24 negotiating groups were put in place, inter alia for the areas of market access for industrial and agricultural goods, public procurement, investments and investment protection as well as regulatory cooperation. You will find the negotiating groups and their lead negotiators for the EU side here and for the U.S. side here. Ignacio García Bercero (European Commission) and Dan Mullaney (USTR) were designated as chief negotiators.
  • Challenges in the area of regulatory cooperation arising from different regulatory systems became evident already in the first negotiation round. Both sides emphasized that the agreement must include both horizontal mechanisms for regulatory cooperation and sector-specific chapters.

How were interest representatives and stakeholders involved?

Ahead of the negotiations, representatives of academia, trade unions, business and non-governmental organizations were able to submit their demands and priorities to the negotiating teams in the form of position papers. Until the middle of the negotiating week, negotiators met around 350 interest representatives who had the opportunity to ask questions about the negotiations and to obtain information about how they were progressing. The European Commission also published six position papers on individual negotiating areas on its homepage immediately after the negotiation round.